Plano, TX Real Estate News

By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Pets. We love them if we own them, they're our babies and a part of the family. However when selling, they become a different story when others will be entering and previewing your property. First and foremost, for the safety of your beloved pets, consideration must be given to how they will be kept safe while showing. Potential problems could arise if: An exterior door is left open for possible escape A usually friendly animal is frightened by strangers entering his "territory" and aggressive behavior ensues (I learned this first hand when I acquired a small Quaker Parrot. Oatie cannot be left out when visitors come because he flies at them unexpectedly) Loud barking, growling or even birds squawking creates an unsettling mood for showing the house. In some cases, barking dogs have pre...
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By Michael Tritthart, Training to Build Your Business
(Keller Williams)
DFWHousingFacts.org is a new website that highlights the positive features of the Dallas Ft. Worth Real Estate market.  For those not in DFW, there is many national stats and content on the site that is applicable to your market.One suggestion is to design a site similar to this to promote your Real Estate market.  One of the biggest problems is the tendency for the national media to proclaim the whole real estate market as having problems; when in fact there are many markets that are holding their own or growing.To view this site and other helpful sites, click here. 
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Front left to right: Jackson Lewis, Samantha Sterling, Samantha Ashby, Claire Smith and Zach Elms                              (Tech Director)Back left to right: Lila Flores, Mia Hailemeskel, Rachel Chesnut, Karsten Otto, Dustin Tsai, Lindsey Kite,                                Matthew Jones, Lisa Hale (Director), Thomas Stimpson, Monica Ruiz, Jeffrey Moffitt Plano East Theatre Captures 5th Consecutive District Title On Friday, March 28 Plano East Sr. High won the District 9 5A UIL One Act Play Championship for the fifth year in a row with their production of the French comedy, THE DISPUTE, by Marivaux. Senior, Lila Flores, was named Best Actress.  Juniors, Jeffery Moffitt and Karsten Otto were named to the District All Star Cast, while Senior, Dustin Tsai received an Honorable Mention...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Plano East Senior High School Theatre Department Presents - The Dispute, by MarivauxThe talented Plano East Senior High Students, under the direction of Ms. Lisa Hale, perform the One Act Play,  FREE to the PublicWhen: Thursday, March 27th, 2008Where: Plano East Senior High School Auditorium3000 Los Rios BlvdPlano, TX 75074(469) 752-9000Get directionsDoors Open: 6:30 PM Show Starts: 7:00 PMBring the family and come support the Plano East Theatre Arts with a FREE night out and enjoy a really great show!Blog Update:PLANO EAST WINS UIL Locally 3/28/08  head into next phase of competition!  
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
Sellers, do you want to know what is one of the most valuable things you have in terms of the successful sale of your home and it's FREE? I'll give you some hints:It's a something we never seem to have enough of It's gone before you know itSometimes it seems to stand still It flies too fast when you're having funIf only we could buy moreWhere does it go?Have you figured it out yet? The clock is ticking......  Well some may argue that time is money and you would be correct especially when selling a home, one of the most valuable things you have in your corner is time to prepare your house prior to listing.  But TIME is FREE. It's how you carve it out and make it a priority when selling your house that you'll see big rewards with your time investment.Now I know not all sellers have this l...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
History of West Plano   Two centuries ago, West Plano was a sea of blackland prairie—some of the most fertile soil on Earth—as far as the eye could see. Large herds of buffalo and nomadic bands of Native Americans visited the region. It was not until the early 1840s that the first pioneers came to the area, drawn by free land grants from the Peters Colony. Plano became incorporated in 1873, but commercial development remained primarily in what is now the eastern portion of the city. The completion of North Central Expressway in 1958 and Dallas’ ever-northward expansion led to Plano’s growth, but in 1960 its population numbered only 3,695 and there were still working farms and cattle ranches within city limits. Residential development boomed when many large corporations settled in the Pl...
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Pioneering women North Texas History Center exhibit recognizes that one thing hasn't changed much ... a woman's work is never done Running the vacuum and loading the dishwasher are chores few of us like, but it's a far better gig than our pioneering sisters endured. They worked their fingers to the bone sewing and hand washing their families' clothes, cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning ... no wonder women in turn-of-the-century photos are rarely smiling. Sarah Hatcher, Curator of Education for the North Texas History Center in McKinney, has great insight into these pioneering souls. Families from the east - primarily Kentucky, Tennessee and a few families from the Carolinas - trekked to North Texas to make a living. Land here was fertile, plentiful and cheap, even free in some cases....
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By Tony Maniaci
(The Michael Group)
Details Features Photos Schools/City Data Map Calculators Print Open House Sunday March 9 1:00 - 4:00PM Unbelieveable Price 399,000 Plano, TX Kings Ridge Home for Sale - Stunning SotheOPrby's Home with Upgrades Galore 7020 Redstone LanePlano, TX  75024 MLS - 10930600 List Price: $399000 Property Features: Gourmet kitchen with Granite Counters Stainless Steel Appliances Hand scraped hard wood floors Stone fireplace in family room Fireplace in Study Upstairs bar with Granite counters Large Game room and Media room Upstairs covered balcony Extensive stone work Pool sized yard on Premium lot 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bathrooms 2 Car Garage Best Floor Plan in Kings Ridge/ Sotherby's 3586 SQF Better then new built in 2006 Professionally Staged by the M2 Design Group, 817-658-1097 The Michael GroupTony M...
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Just a moment of encouragement, and a little laughter!FAMOUS QUOTES FROM: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jpaulgett100752.html "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas A. Edison "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Thomas A. Edison "There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone - many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long." Richard Nelson Bolles " Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?" J. Paul Getty"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeve...
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By Rhonda Lawson
(50 ads per day)
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By Caryn Schniederjan
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Plano ISD has adopted the 2008-2009 school calendar:  http://www.pisd.edu/common/calendar/calendar.glance.0809.shtml.  The calendar provides for the end of the fall semester and final exams prior to the winter break. As the parent of a high school freshman, this a welcomed change. This year finals were given after the winter break. I am sure there are lots of students, and probably teachers for that matter, that will be enjoying their holiday next year.
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
I almost didn't want to post this because I know not all professional home stagers have access to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  But....If you do have a ReStore location near you, I highly recommend you go and check it out and get on their mailing list (if the store has one).  If you need inventory for your home staging purposes this is often a great resource to find some great deals.I just received a newsletter this past week for my South Collin County ReStore in Plano, TX and featured this month was model home furniture from an area builder along with an offer for an additional 25% Off your entire purchase this week! Well, I was making my "thrift store rounds" this AM and running things to my storage unit and I saved my South Collin County ReStore,  visit for last with an empty trun...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
I just wanted to thank my friend and trusted business partner, John McConnell for sharing his time and talent tonight in the Collin College CE Course on Home Staging. John voluntarily presented a wonderful Power Point presentation, answered questions and gave some great tips on how to take better Real Estate photography for your MLS listings and marketing materials.  John will also be featured this month on Channel 8 News here in Dallas, TX for a special marketing promotional item he designed for a local Realtor who specializes in certain properties. For now it's top secret but more to come later, and I wish it was mine!It is so important these days to have great quality photos on line because today's buyer starts to shop from the comfort of their home. Check out this ezine article on T...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
More great deals to be had at the South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I just got this new flyer and read below to see some of the great deals they're having. Not only are you getting great deals here but you're helping a worthy cause, Habitat for Humanity. Share this information with anyone you know who may be interested. There is so much more at the ReStore! Happy Shopping!   Buesher Homes just donated MORE FURNITURE &  Decor from their model homes. Fantastic merchandise in excellent condition, will not last long.Buesher Homes & Neiman Marcus sent over a few rugs..we have lots of RUGSHabitat ReStore Regular...THANK YOU...      Shop, buy, donate and volunteer at the ReStore to help us build more houses in the area for deserving families."Habitat for Humanity is a community...
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By Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
(Home Star Staging)
t's not too "latte" to enroll according to the Collin College Schedule of Continuing Education course offerings for January - April 2008. Although the February class is now underway there is still time to enroll for the April/May Home Staging CE course.Proudly announcing Home Staging a new CE Course offering at Collin College. Home Staging is a course that is;  "Designed for the home owner or the professional real estate agent to prepare a home for resale. Learn the benefits of home staging and how staging a property for resale can help you achieve a faster sales time and top dollar".Collin County Professional Home Stager, Karen Otto shares her expertise and knowledge of Home Staging bringing it to home sellers, Realtors and Investors who want to know how Home Staging can help them achi...
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Before and After Home Staging Photos of a Gorgeous Home in Plano, Texas Home Staging Transformation, now this Plano, Tx home has all the Old World Charm on the inside as on the outsideThe curb appeal of this Tuscan inspired home with Old Worlds charm was lost once you entered the front doors. The hand scraped wood floors were drowned with heavy rugs and the flow of the space was stopped with the distraction of overly bright artwork.What was once a drab interior dining room became a gorgeous space to have a dinner party.The kitchen was cluttered, once staged it showcased ample granite counter space, stainless steel appliances, and beautiful cabinetry.The Master suite was anything but sweet; mismatched bedding and lack of furniture made this a less-than appealing retreat. Once new bedding...
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By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.)
Briarhill Estates is one of the newer townhome communities in Plano, Texas. Located at the border of Plano and Frisco, Briarhill Estates is conveniently located near State Highway SH 121 and the North Dallas Tollway. Portrait Homes is the proud builder of Briarhill Estates. The amenities in the community include a swimming pool and small park with benches for resident use. Briarhill Estates is a two-story townhome community. The exterior is typically brick or alternating siding for a unique look. The homes typically range from the  two-bedroom 1,400 square feet to larger three-bedroom 1,800 square feet. They start at the high $140Ks for the most basic plans to over $180Ks for nicer, higher spec homes. Their floorplans include master bedroom located in the 2nd floor only. Buyers of Briar...
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By Michael Tritthart, Training to Build Your Business
(Keller Williams)
Here is an interesting website to checkout.  I have it added to my website, so click on ZIPSkinny.com and scroll to the bottom of the page.  This site will allow you to compare U.S. census data by zip code.  You can even create a FREE (my favorite word!) widget to add to your website.  This is a great tool for your buyers.
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By Terri Pescatore, The Pescatore Team
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
 4/2/2 $194,000 -Plenty of Space in Plano! Wonderful home with updates galore! The ambiance of this community is priceless! Quiet little neighborhood with plenty of space between each home, large lots, and lots of trees! This home offers an updated island kitchen with pergo flooring, upgraded tile backsplash, and built-in double oven. The large master suite features his and her closets, double sinks, separate tub and shower, updated tile flooring, and a large bay window. All of the secondary rooms are nice sizes with walk-in closets. Other updates include AC and heat, roof, and appliances. Enjoy the nice atrium on the back of the home. This property also has a security system, and sprinkler system! A real country feel within the city limits!
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By Carrie A. Maniaci
(ReDesignandHomeStaging.com)
Sell your home like the Pros do, bring in a Professional Home Stager. Home Staging is the art of professionally preparing your home to Showcase for top dollar. Basically, making your home look it's best to appeal to as many Potential Buyers as possible. I can help you sell your home quicker and a top dollar. I work with local Realtors, and as a team we Stage, Market and Sell your home.Below is one of our currently Staged HomesStunning Sotherby's Home with Upgrades Galore, 7020 RedStone Drive Plano, Texas $429,000SHP#: 119594    Better than New! Built in 2006 and barely lived in. This former model has upgrades galore; hand scraped wood floors, skip trowel walls, 2 fireplaces, covered balcony, media room, game room, upstairs bar, plantation shutters, too many upgrades to listPrice:$429,00...
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